Monday, September 23, 2019

CMS men race at the Lone Gull 10K

The Central Mass Striders racing teams traveled to Gloucester to take on the Lone Gull 10K which was hosting as the USATF New England Championship. This was the sixth race within the New England Grand Prix. 21 men represented CMS on warm and sunny day with the start and finish steps away from Good Harbor Beach.
Adam Malek set a 10K personal record with his 8th place finish and time of 30:57. Scott Mindel (31st), Scott Leslie (39th), Eric Narcisi (56th), and Jack Delehanty (57th) wrapped up the scoring for the open team who placed 5th out of 22 teams.
Arthur Besse was the top 40-49 runner pacing the master’s team to a 3rd place team finish out of 12 teams. He ran 34:09, a personal best. David Principe led the Senior team, the first 50+ runner to cross the finish line among all seniors in the race. He led the team to a 1st place finish (12 scoring teams). Tim Van Orden was the 3rd Senior in the 50-59 age group. Joe Shairs and David Lapierre also scored down for the masters team.  
The Veterans team was led by Martin Tighe with his 3rd place 60+ age group finish. Stephen Drouin and David Krom wrapped up the scoring for the team who finished 3rd out of 8 teams.
PRs: Arthur Besse, Adam Malek, David Principe, Bryan Trinque (anyone else?)
All CMS finishers below
Thirteenth Annual Lone Gull 10K
Sunday, September 22, 2019 - Gloucester, MA.
USATF New England Grand Prix 2019 10K Championship Race

Place No.  Name          Ag S Div   Team Name                    City            St Chiptime Pace  Guntime Pace    
8  Adam Malek        31 CENTRAL MASS STRIDERS      Providence           RI   30:57  4:59   30:59  5:00
31 Scott Mindel      33 CENTRAL MASS STRIDERS     Burlington           MA   32:38  5:16   32:40  5:16
39 Scott Leslie        38 CENTRAL MASS STRIDERS        Rutland              MA   33:03  5:19   33:05  5:20
56 Eric Narcisi        39 CENTRAL MASS STRIDERS  North Andover        MA   33:59  5:28   34:02  5:29
57 Jack Delehanty 32 CENTRAL MASS STRIDERS      Worcester            MA   34:03  5:29   34:06  5:30
59 Dj Raboin          27 CENTRAL MASS STRIDERS      Lunenburg            MA   34:09  5:30   34:12  5:31
60 Arthur Besse     47 CENTRAL MASS STRIDERS      Templeton            MA   34:09  5:30   34:12  5:31
64 David Principe  52 CENTRAL MASS STRIDERS          Johnston             RI   34:29  5:33   34:34  5:34
72 Bryan Trinque   36 CENTRAL MASS STRIDERS         Clinton              MA   34:47  5:36   34:51  5:37
77 Tim Van Orden  51 CENTRAL MASS STRIDERS      Bennington           VT   34:54  5:37   34:58  5:38
143 Ian Ridgway    39 CENTRAL MASS STRIDERS       Grantham             NH   37:28  6:02   37:34  6:03
148 Joe Shairs       51 CENTRAL MASS STRIDERS        Peabody              MA   37:48  6:05   37:53  6:06
168 Dave Lapierre 55 CENTRAL MASS STRIDERS      Chelmsford           MA   38:49  6:15   38:57  6:17
204 Martin Tighe  61 CENTRAL MASS STRIDERS        Providence           RI   40:19  6:30   40:30  6:31
205 Dennis Floyd  42 CENTRAL MASS STRIDERS     Georgetown           MA   40:24  6:30   40:30  6:32
242 Phil Savoy      57 CENTRAL MASS STRIDERS        Shrewsbury           MA   41:51  6:45   42:03  6:47
328 Stephen Drouin 64 CENTRAL MASS STRIDERS    Leominster           MA   45:13  7:17   45:25  7:19
383 David Krom      60 CENTRAL MASS STRIDERS      Worcester            MA   47:34  7:40   47:48  7:42
411 Vin Garofoli      64 CENTRAL MASS STRIDERS      Worcester            MA   48:30  7:49   48:43  7:51
433 Frank Ruggiero 60 CENTRAL MASS STRIDERS     Lunenburg            MA   49:17  7:56   49:42  8:00
833 Bernard Davis   70 CENTRAL MASS STRIDERS    Grosvenor Dale    CT 1:17:04 12:25 1:17:04 12:25

   1.  TRACKSMITH                        
   2.  BAA                               
   3.  WHIRLAWAY RACING TEAM             
   5.  CENTRAL MASS STRIDERS             
            30:57   32:38   33:03   33:59   34:03 (  34:09) (  34:09) (  34:29)
          = 2:44:40
         Adam Malek 31, Scott Mindel 33, Scott Leslie 38, Eric Narcisi 39, Jack
         Delehanty 32, Dj Raboin 27, Arthur Besse 47, David Principe 52

   1.  HFC STRIDERS                      
   2.  BAA                               
   3.  CENTRAL MASS STRIDERS             
            34:09   34:29   34:54   37:48   38:49 (  40:19) (  40:24) (  41:51)
          = 3:00:09
         Arthur Besse 47, David Principe 52, Tim Van Orden 51, Joe Shairs 51,
         Dave Lapierre 55, Martin Tighe 61, Dennis Floyd 42, Phil Savoy 57

   1.  CENTRAL MASS STRIDERS             
            34:29   34:54   37:48   38:49   40:19 (  41:51) (  45:13) (  47:34)
          = 3:06:19
         David Principe 52, Tim Van Orden 51, Joe Shairs 51, Dave Lapierre 55,
         Martin Tighe 61, Phil Savoy 57, Stephen Drouin 64, David Krom 60

   2.  WHIRLAWAY RACING TEAM            
   3.  CENTRAL MASS STRIDERS            
            40:19   45:13   47:34 (  48:30) (  49:17) = 2:13:06
         Martin Tighe 61, Stephen Drouin 64, David Krom 60, Vin Garofoli 64,
         Frank Ruggiero 60


Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Weekend Results

JHC Home Run 5K Run/Walk
Worcester, MA, September 15, 2019
1     Eric Morse    Berlin, VT   54    17:57

CMS 52 Week 5K Series Race.36
Worcester, MA, September 14, 2019
1    18:15   Josh Curtis          1/2     M40-49  Worcester      CMS
2    18:26   Norm Everett      1/3     M20-39  Auburn         CMS
3    19:24   Rob Auger          2/3     M20-39  Millbury       CMS

IGT Downtown 5K
Providence, RI  September 15, 2019
5 ADAM MALEK PROVIDENCE RI 31                                                  15:07.2 15:08.3 4:52/M
24 SCOTT DESLONGCHAMPS NORTH GROSVENORDALE CT 49 18:36.4 18:39.1 5:59/M 2nd 45-49
34 MARTIN TIGHE  1957 61                                                              19:44.5 19:44.5 6:20/M 1st 60-64

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

CMS places 2nd in 1st Cross Country Grand Prix race

The CMS men’s open team placed second overall at the GBTC XC Invite in Carlisle, MA. The open team placed 3 men in the top 11 overall in the first of five Cross Country Grand Prix Races for USATF New England. Scott Mindel, 2nd overall, was the first CMS runner to cross the line for the 5K distance. DJ Raboin and Jack Delehanty were five seconds apart finishing 9th and 11th. Dave Brooks just missed breaking 17 flat in 22nd place. Arthur Besse, doubled up, racing in the open race following his masters race running around 18:05 (official results pending). Bryan Trinque broke six minute mile pace to finish 46th overall in his first cross country race in many years.  

Tim Van Orden and Arthur Besse placed 3rd and 4th in the masters 5K race. Tim had the lead until the last half mile. He would finish just eight seconds behind TJ Unger who took the win. Dan Verrington placed 18th overall. 

Greater Boston Track Club XC Festival
Great Brook Farm State Park, Carlisle, MA September 8,2019

Open Men Overall
Place  Name          Club    Age  Time  Pace   
2  SCOTT MINDEL       CMS    32   16:07  5:12
9  DJ RABOIN          CMS    27   16:34  5:20
11 JACK DALEHANTY     CMS    32   16:39  5:22
22 DAVE BROOKS        CMS    35   17:06  5:30
39 ARTHUR BESSE *     CMS    47   18:06  5:50 *awaiting official results update
46 BRYAN TRINQUE      CMS    36   18:28  5:57

Masters Men Overall
Place Name           Club     Age Time Pace    
3  TIM VAN ORDEN       CMS    51 17:04  5:30
4  ARTHUR BESSE        CMS    47 17:47  5:44
18 DAN VERRINGTON      CMS    57 19:24  6:15 

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Q&A with Tim Van Orden, US Masters 50-54 Age Group Road Mile Record Holder

CMS Blogger: you recently broke the 50-54 US road mile record at the US Masters Road Mile in Flint, Michigan with a time of 4:46. Can you elaborate on how you got there as your fans were unaware of your 1 mile prowess.

Tim Van Orden: I’m still trying to figure it all out myself. It’s really a chance happening. Last month I was picking someone up at the airport in Boston and wanted to hop in a race while I was there. The High Street Mile in Newburyport looked like a good option with some 50+ prize money, and I was curious to see if I could break 5:00. I had no idea what to expect, considering I never do speed work, and I’m a trail guy. During my warmup, I bumped into a bunch of guys from HFC and one of them remarked “Hey, what are you doing here? You’re not a miler!“ Which was true, until I neared the finish line, and noticed the clock ticking through the 4:30’s. In that moment, I became a miler. After the race, someone informed me that my time of 4:41, was 7 seconds under the official American Record. I didn’t believe them, so I looked it up, and they were correct. Unfortunately, the race was not record eligible, so I asked Scott Mindel if he knew what my options were. Scott put me in touch with USATF-NE, and the guys there suggested I head to Flint, MI for the Masters National Road Mile Champs. A few weeks later, I hopped in the car and drove 11 hours to Michigan, arriving 4 hours before the start… way too much time to kill in Flint, before a race (thanks to Scott Grandfield of HFC for keeping me company). My butt was numb, the course was hilly, starting with a climb, and there was a headwind for the first half. When the gun went off I was pretty much talking myself out of a record attempt. This was not the course, nor the day to do it on. But as fate would have it, everyone destroyed themselves on the first climb, and I found myself moving from 20th to 4th as everyone came back to me in the 3rd quarter. That really charged me up, and I put the hammer down for the final quarter, clocking 66. Two guys passed me right at the line, pushing me into 6th, but my time of 4:45.56 was good enough to break the previous AR of 4:48 by a few seconds. Sooo, now I’m hungry to try again, without a giant drive in my legs, and on a flat course… but, I’m also scared to death, cause damn that hurt!!!

Tim Van Orden on his way to a US Masters 50-54 age group record with a 4:46 effort at the USATF Masters 1 Mile Road Championships in Flint Michigan

CMS Blogger: you were going to fly back after the mile race and make it to the New England 10 mile championship 14 hours later. What we’re you thinking?!?

Tim Van Orden: well, my goal all along was the 10 mile championships. The mile race showed up on my radar at the last minute. So I really wanted to try to make it back to New Hampshire. When the award ceremony was done Friday night in Flint, I hopped in the car and drove all night... I had to stop a few times and nap for a little bit, so I couldn’t make the 8 AM start time in Manchester. But I did make it back to Vermont that morning.

CMS Blogger: You train and race all sorts of disciplines from Snowshoe, Mountain, Trail, Cross Country, Roads, Track, et cetera. Do you think this scope helps each other?

Tim Van Orden: honestly, I train for snowshoe racing all year long. Slow, strenuous grinds. Since coming back from what I thought was a career ending injury in 2013 (bone spurs growing into both Achilles tendons), I’ve had to train very differently. I can’t run fast outside of races anymore. I’ve been focusing on strength and endurance instead. I had no idea that this type of slow training would translate so well into racing speed. Now I’m curious to explore it further.

CMS Blogger: Seeing more and more Big Boot runs on your Strava feed over the winter around Bennington. What is that all about and are you going to trademark that?

Tim Van Orden: Ha! I think Sylvester Stallone might have trademarked it back in 1986 in the movie Rocky IV. It all started as a curiosity. I just wanted to see if I could do it. Then I realized that it was better training for snowshoeing than running on snowshoes. Also, my feet never get cold in the big boots. Wearing snowshoes, my feet are often freezing. Now it’s something I really look forward to. It keeps me off the roads, injury free, and allows me to explore terrain that is unavailable the rest of the year… but it’s not for the faint of heart.

CMS Blogger: What’s next for you for the rest of the year? Beyond? More record attempts?

Tim Van Orden: first and foremost, I’m looking forward to cross country. I am a trail guy through and through. Even though cross country is not really trail running, it’s a lot closer than road or track, and I love the team component. But, I would also like to find a record eligible mile this Fall and attempt a sub 4:40.

CMS Blogger: What does TiVo do 9 to 5?

Tim Van Orden: At present, I’m finishing up my second book… Hopefully by the end of September. The rest of the time, I’m coaching, researching, and working on the farm.

CMS Blogger: Any projects, speaker gigs, or trips coming up? Didn’t you spend a few weeks in Sweden? How was that and did you compete in any races? Share!

Tim Van Orden: More book projects, and perhaps a speaking tour of Sweden and Denmark. Yeah, I was in Sweden for a month! Loved it there! Trails everywhere, and NO HUMIDITY!!!!!! Can’t wait to go back. There was a big trail race near Malmö, where I was staying, so I jumped into that to see what their trail scene was like. Someone at the race translated to me that it was the Swedish National Championships for 50k, and that the race I was running in (27k) was just as competitive. It was a fun, technical course, which is my bread and butter. The more you have to dance over rocks and roots, the better I do. The leader went on to break the course record, and I came in a few minutes later in second. Hoping to run it again next year. Super nice people.

CMS Blogger: What is it like racing for CMS?

Tim Van Orden: Dave Dunham talked me into joining CMS back in 2008. Since then I’ve really gotten to know a lot of the guys quite well and it feels like a family. You would probably not find me in a road race longer than 5K if it wasn’t for the CMS team events. I don’t like long events on the road, but I really like running as a part of the team. It’s like a reunion every time we get together.

One of my favorite things about being a part of CMS is seeing what everybody’s up to on Strava. Most people in this area think that I’m crazy for the amount of training that I do, but when I log into the CMS page on Strava, I see that I’m often halfway down the list of team mileage.  To see the guys putting in the work, week after week, really encourages me to put in the work. I feel that I have to step up to match everybody else’s efforts. So that wouldn’t happen if I wasn’t on the team. The team has brought the best out of me. I can’t wait to shake it up with the boys in PA in December at Club Nationals!